Rodgers backs Sinclair
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers expects Scott Sinclair to kick on after he grabbed his first Premier League goal from open play.
Last Updated: 12/12/11 3:50pm
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers expects Scott Sinclair to kick on after the winger grabbed his first Premier League goal from open play in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Fulham.
Sinclair scored 27 goals to help fire the Swans to promotion to the English top flight at the end of last season, but had only found the net with three penalties before his goalbound effort was helped in by Cottagers midfielder Clint Dempsey.
Rodgers praised Sinclair for his link-up play with the likes of Leroy Lita and Luke Moore and believes that the strike will be a huge confidence boost for the former Chelsea man.
"You'll see the change in him now," said Rodgers.
"His all-round game was great, he was a threat for us and he puts defenders on the back foot.
"I thought he combined much better than in some of his other games instead of being a soloist all the time. He was unfortunate a couple of times."
The win over Fulham moved Swansea up to 11th in the table and they have a five-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
But with Swansea facing testing trips to Newcastle United and Everton in the next nine days, Rodgers knows there is still plenty of hard work ahead of his side.
"It's very pleasing but we are not going to get carried away," he said.
"We know that wins at this level are vital."